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Mr. Pirate & I just returned from a small road trip down the California coast. We had done a different small road trip eastward from us, into the hot, dry inland area of California, where I discovered that the area we were camping in had a TON of pollen in the air. achoo! So, I told Mr. Pirate that our next trip(s) were gonna need to be on the coast where the pollen hopefully wouldn't be as high! So we went to Pfeiffer Big Sur, a drop-dead gorgeous coastal Redwood preserve ... and NO pollen! woo hoo!
I brought along my road trip Forever Project. This is newly designated as a "road trip" project because it's mindless hexies ... I've talked about this project before .. but now I have repurposed it into "color blocked" groups of hexies. As such, it's something that I don't even need to think about working on, which is absolutely perfect for working while in the car or in camp.
I have a different needleturn project for working on when I'm am home. The needleturn applique project actually has some hopes of becoming finished at some point; the color blocked hexies have no such deadline. LOL! It's gonna be one of those open-ended Forever Projects that if it never gets done, I won't be disappointed..
So, during this trip, I "finished" the orange color block, which is to say, I've used all the orange I have so far, I've even bought charm packs on our trips to bolster the orange ... apparently, it's not one of my favorite colors. :-) I've included some peaches and yellows (that had orange in it).
I moved on to the purples ..... I know I have a lot more purple scraps to dive into, as well as lots of purple yardage that I can cut into.
I'm not trying to make these color blocks "fit" into each other at this point. I'm just going to work on each color separately. Each is going to get as large as it wants to be. At this point, I haven't even settled on any particular shape of each color block or how the color blocks will merge into the next. Those are decisions that can be deferred for quite a while. :-)
But, now that I am back home, I will set the color blocked hexies away until the next road trip and return to working on the needleturn applique, A Gathering of Quails. I also really need to finish up one of my earliest hand-pieced hexie projects which I have loaded up on my long arm. Hmmm ... maybe I'll concentrate on the longarm project because I think that has a finish that could be sooner than the applique. :-)
I am sitting at home today feeling a bit unmotivated to get going! Tuesday and Wednesday I moved along on things that came home from my Monday charity day. I pieced several backings so I could return them - I think it was 4 of them. I came home with a little HST piece that I came across and had never seen before - since I sort everything that comes in, it leaves me wondering! Lol...
anyway, I brought it home to see if I could make it large enough for a wheelchair lap - and I do mean just large enough to go over the knees in a lap! Interestingly, I had left over scraps of the brown and the strip to border it. And the yellow was folded up with it. I would not of thought to use plaid in HSTs, and then I was daring to use strips and plaid, but it is a manly little thing! Lol, large enough to finish into something useful!
this morning I finally got up to search in my sewing room for a jelly - gonna take a improv class from Ray the end of the month.
then saw in my charity basket I still have 2 small green and white quilts that needed borders to finish them. Found some prints that would work and got then pieced and while at it, had green backings that I pieced. I didn’t sew the borders on, but they are set together to work on later.
I can’t stand my sewing area - it’s depressing! So, I am trying to find some gumption to tidy and clean! Organize a few more of those projects so I have a ready to work on pile, and extra fabrics put away!
my room is cluttered!
wish me gumption and luck!
Love the plaid lap quilt! It sounds like you are getting a ton done.
I am finishing up binding and hanging sleeve on a big art quilt. Also need to get Yetta's quilt loaded. I the evenings I have started garment sewing in the RV again. I just do a few steps and make steady progress.
I am now doing industrial sewing for DBIL. The lady that sews for him is taking time off to be with her mother who is in hospice down in Mexico. I am having fun learning the different big industrial sewing machines .
Ami, what liked of sewing are you doing for BIL?
So, I'm now working on the large hexie quilt that's loaded on the longarm. **At one point**, I had one continuous thread quilting design mapped for it, months (probably years) before I ever loaded it.. I was rather pleased with myself.
Now that I'm starting the quilting, I realize that my printed diagram doesn't exactly match the way the hexagon flowers are actually loaded. The printed design is one orientation and the way I loaded the quilt is another. Sadly, I can't use my previously drawn path. At least, my brain can't figure out a way to convert it. Sigh.
I'm currently trying to figure out a way to *do* a continuous thread path with the way the hexagon flowers are on the machine. There might be a few backtracked curves and/or lines but as this quilt is for me ... and once it's laundered, no one is gonna be inspecting it that closely, I'll say it's good enough. And if some busybody DOES point out where my quilting isn't quite as precise as it could be, I'll suggest that she is invited to quilt the next one for me. Hmph.
This break has gone on long enough ... back to the longarm! :-)
Your quilt, your quilting.
And there's always "good enough for the galloping horse" ... say, does that horse ever backtrack?
In the meantime, I have finished my version of the "Beads" quilt top that Dee showed us some time ago. Hers was made from novelty fabrics placed with come care to colors. Mine uses leftover batiks in a rather higgledy-piggledly layout but at least I caught the errors and got all my beads going in decent rows.
As I was getting ready to stitch on the slab-o-borders I wondered if I should insert a narrow border of orangey-red before the gorgeous blue but then I talked myself out of it for two reasons. Reason One; my shoulders were really, really achy today and didn't need to spend more time with extra fabric shoving and Reason Two: this thing was already gonna be 55" x 76" and didn't need any more inches of fabric.
Isn't that border fabric supercalifragilisticexpialadocious? It is from the Stonehenge Ombre (Lagoon) that I am using for the backing of this thing. I had plenty to make the backing, the border and the binding. Whee!
Judy that birder really makes the colors in your quilt pop!
He makes an arm Sling called Nu Sling. He is also working on a brace fir bad shoulders that needed to be modified.
There are some giant target screen things he makes for a game place.
He just got a huge order for a party place. We are gonna make a ton of huge bags for them and some covers for the stuff they tie their tents down to.
Some pretty diverse things for sure.
I really like your quilt, will tuck the design away for use if quilt mojo returns.
The quilt I started in Oct 2020, is two thirds done laying on the guest bed hasn't been touched in months. Did make a quick utility quick for brother out of some old shirts in January. Have made a few tops for grandkids. Plan was to make some smaller Christmas gift projects thru the year but that's not happening either.
Jo, lately I am a case of "the mind is willing but the flesh is weak".
Dee keeps sharing these cool ideas of neat scrap quilts that are bright and colorful that make my fingers itch to cut and sew. But at age 80 there are body parts that just don't want to sit hunkered for hours at the sewing machine any more. I have purchased all of the "cheaters" I can ... cutting contraptions and pre-cut things and I've done everything that I can to make the work easier but there are still limitations that cramp my working hours.
(Plus hiding in the sewing room is a refuge from Grumpy, my DH who is not much fun to hang out with any more. Mishii has her PITA and I have my Grumpy.)